Records Fall in 3-0 Victory over GSU
Sept. 5, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU volleyball team picked up its third consecutive win Friday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-11) victory over Grambling State in the Frogs' home opener and first match of the TCU Nike Invitational.
The Frogs (3-1) will play the University of Miami, which lost to University of Arkansas-Little Rock earlier in the day, at 8 p.m., Friday night in the final game of the night of day one action at the University Recreation Center.
In the win, TCU's Blaire Pickens became only the third player in Big 12 history to have a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage after putting down 10 kills on 10 attempts. Her career-high clip also now sits atop the TCU record book for highest single match hitting percentage. Stephanie Holland also joined Pickens in the record book with a .800 hitting percentage after recording eight kills on 10 attempts in the match, which was good for No. 4.
The Tigers (0-2) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the opening set before the Frogs slowly worked their way into the set. The Frogs tied the score for the first time at 7-7 on a service ace by Sunstrum. TCU took its first lead at 8-7 on a kill by Natatlie Gower.
The set, however, was tied five more times before the Frogs eventually pulled away. With the scored tied at 12-12 the Frogs took the lead for good on a Pickens kill and a Grambling State hitting error.
Leading 14-13, TCU got back-to-back kills from Holland, who had five kills in five attempts in the set, and Mattie Burleson to build the lead to 16-13. TCU scored 9 of the last 11 points to run away with the set.
In set two, Pickens tallied four kills while Holland, Mila Swanegan and Regan McGuire added three kills for the Frogs, who hit .571 for the set. Langley recorded her first pair of service aces for the Frogs.
The set was tied at 5-5 before the Frogs reeled off six straight points --thanks in part to three kills from Pickens -- to lead 11-5. McGuire had two of her kills in TCU's last four points to lead the Frogs to the 25-11 win.
In the decisive set, the Frogs led 9-5 on three kills by McGuire and two by Pickens. The Tigers whittled the lead to 9-8, but that was as close as they would get the remainder of the set. The Frogs recorded four straight points to lead 13-8, and after a Tiger point, TCU rattled off seven straight to lead 20-10. Gower wrapped up the set and match with a kill for the Frogs.
TCU will open day two action Saturday at 11 a.m. with Prairie View A&M and then will close out the invitational Saturday at 7 p.m. against UALR.
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